The tone of Amos message is set by the great proclamation at the beginning of his prophecy – Chapter 1:2. From Zion the Lord is voices, like the roar of a lion will be heard in judgment. Beneath the respectable surface of material prosperity, Amos uncovers the decaying mass of religious formalism and spiritual corruption. He points out the total disregard of human rights and personality and the deterioration of morality and social justice.
Prophet Amos had a remedy for the disease that threatened the life of the nation. Let men seek the Lord, let them repent and establish justice and they might live – see Chapter 5:14-15. But to emphasize the hopelessness of the situation, prophet Amos warns that those responsible for the evil in the land are not grieved over the threatened disaster – see chapter 6:6. Consequently, nothing is left for Israel but destruction-see Chapter 9:10
The day of the Lord will not be a vindication of Israel, as some of the people of the day believed, but an assertion of the claims of God is moral character against those who had repudiated Him. Only when this was recognized would be established the splendor of the Davidic Kingdom. But that was inevitable-see Chapter 9:11-15. Prophet Amos message is largely a cry for Justice.
THE OUTLINE OF THE BOOK OF AMOS
PROPHECIES AGAINST THE NATIONS-CHAPTER 1;1-2:16
The superscription and proclamation-Chapter 1;1-2. The indictment of neighboring nations-Chapter 1:3-2:3. The Indictment of Judah-Chapter 2:4-5.
The Indictment of lsrael-Chapter 2:6-16.
THE THREE DISCOURSES AGAINST ISRAEL-CHAPTER 3:1-6:14
A declaration of Judgment-Chapter 3;1-15.
The depravity of lsrael-Chapter 4:1-13
A lamentation for Israel’s sin and doom-Chapter 5:1-6:14
THE FIVE SYMBOLICAL VISIONS OF ISRAEL’S CONDITION CHAPTER 7:1-9:10
The Devouring locust-Chapter 7:1-3
The Flaming fire-Chapter 7:4-6
The Plumb line-Chapter 7:7-9
A Priest interruption-Chapter 7:10-17
The Basket of Ripe Fruit-Chapter 8:1-14
The Lord at the Altar Inflicting Chastisement-Chapter 9:1-10
THE PROMISE OF ISRAEL’S RESTORATION-CHAPTER 9:11-15